I was in Columbus, Ohio this past week on a 2-day photo shoot with my boss. We were shooting his father’s collection of antique pharmacy products (gallery coming soon). Since we were going to be there for 2 days I of course looked into any Mail Pouch barns in the area. There are quite a few barns around the Columbus area but since I wasn’t driving and had to talk him into a diversion from our original mission, I had to find the closest barn to his parents house in Galena on the Hoover Reservoir. I located a barn a mere 16 miles away! Which to me, who will drive 150 miles to shoot a new barn, seemed reasonable.
After a peaceful night stay in the beautiful farmhouse he grew up in, and his father keeping us up late with “old timer” stories (meant to be respectfull not sarcastic) we were headed to breakfast then off to shooting more. I think Pete’s dad was rather confused as to why he had to wait for his breakfast so I could take a picture of some old barn, but he was a good sport about it. The drive from the farmhouse to the barn reminded me of my days in Minot, North Dakota. Cold, windy, flat lands with snow blowing across the roads. It was actually a beautiful drive and if I was alone I would have stopped quite a few times to shoot some barns and a couple of little churches spotted along the way. But we were on a mission, find one particular barn, then get Mr. White to breakfast! Thanks to Google maps and our iPhones with GPS we found the barn with no problems and they dropped me off to get some shots while they turned around. Wow, it was cold! But I was very thankful we made the trip because it turned out this barn was very nice, and I always love to shoot the red Mail Pouch barns.
On our return trip Pete and his dad messed with me being so into taking pictures of barns. I know in reality Pete understood, but I’m not sure his dad really did. As a matter of fact the rest of the day while we were at his pharmacy shooting he would mention to people, “You wouldn’t believe it, this morning we drove way out in the country, just so this guy could take a picture of a barn”. I enjoyed knowing that maybe from now on I will be part of one of Mr. White’s “old timer” stories!
I know this is a rather long story just to end up with more pictures of a Mail Pouch barn, but I hope you enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed sharing it. I will be posting some of our photo shoot at White’s Pharmacy soon, of course with more “Mr. White” stories!
Here’s the rest of the barn shots. Enjoy!
I was on my way home after a very long day of shooting through east Kentucky not quite knowing how I was going to get home when I “stumbled across” Grayson, Kentucky. Which is the eastern end of the AA Highway, a straight shot home. Right as I pulled on the AA Highway I ran across this Mail Pouch barn. It’s always nice to be surprised by one of these, afterall I had spent my day driving 4 hours to shoot one further south (which I did), so this one a welcome added bonus for the day. The lighting was very bad. Almost dusk, just all around bad light but I wouldn’t walk away without shooting it. I will go back at some point and re-shoot this one.
Here’s the gallery with the rest. Enjoy!
The Old National Highway runs 3,157 miles from Atlantic City to San Francisco. Last August I drove a small section of the historic road from Wheeling, West Virginia to Columbus, Ohio. Prior to my trip I researched Mail Pouch Barns along the highway and decided my trip would include some GPS guided photo shoots. This is a collection of 6 barns along the way. These barns are either on Route 40 or just off the main highway. There are quite a few more than I shot, but my son and I were on our way home from a 3 state, 7 skateparks weekend trip and we were ready to get home.
I have decided that if I ever have more money than I know what to do with I would buy this building and have the sign on the brick wall cut out and moved to my house. I’m not sure what I would do with it, maybe install it in my basement. After all I have more money than I know what to do with, so my basement has 12′ ceilings. Of course I’d have to talk my wife into it, and the chances of that are the same as me having more money than I know what to do with!
Here’s the entire Old National Highway gallery. Enjoy!
For the past few years I’ve gotten up on New Years Day and gone out for an all day photo trip. This year I missed New Years Day by a couple of days. This gallery is from my first photo trip of 2010, January 3. My goal was to shoot a Mail Pouch barn in Adams County, Ohio. I did end up shooting that particular barn (Adams County barn), along with 3 others, a couple of Churches and some other barns. The last Mail Pouch Barn in the gallery is the only Mail Pouch Barn in the country with all four sides painted with Mail Pouch advertising. There are a few close-up shots of Harley Warrick’s signature.
Here’s my first road trip of 2010 gallery. Enjoy!
Betsy and I took a ride a few days after Christmas just to get away after all the holiday craziness. Well, for me it was to find this barn. I’m assuming she came along for the ride just to get away?
This is on Route 128 just outside of Miamitown, Ohio. I hate finding a barn with a bunch of “modern” stuff around it, which this one did. The light was also messing with me so I just shot a few. I have at least one shot showing each of the 3 sides. This particular shot was with the sun right behind the barn so I didn’t expect much. With some work, I think it turned out fine.
See the other sides here. Enjoy!
Well it’s been quite a while since I’ve posted anything new so I thought I’d post an image I shot today. I was running out to the feed store in the county to get my ice melt for the year and ran across this home made flag on an old barn in Campbell County.
I was hoping to catch some fall colors on a return trip to Parke County, Indiana last Saturday but the two days of rain prior to my trip took away most of the color. Although most of the fall leaves had dropped I still had a nice “blue sky” day. I was able to add nine covered bridges to my collection as well as a couple of nice barns and a mill.
I’ve wanted to go back to Parke County since my first trip a while back. It’s a full day (and more) travel and shooting, but worth it. If you’re into covered bridges at all Parke County is a “must see”.
Here’s the entire gallery. Enjoy!
Betsy and I had planned a trip to Oxford, Ohio so she could show me a covered bridge she had seen and have a little “alone time” with a picnic at Hueston Woods. She was looking forward to the alone time, but I think I ruined it with another Google search for local Mail Pouch barns. I had a list of 5 barns to shoot for the day, but decided she should have her Hueston Woods visit so I just shot this one.
This is on Old Colerain Avenue in Cincinnati. Just when I think I’ve found all the local Mail Pouch barns, I get surprised with one I didn’t know about!